Antigua and Barbuda Travel Advice
The hurricane season in Antigua and Barbuda runs from June to November. Visits to Antigua and Barbuda are usually trouble-free; however normal security precautions should be taken. There is no Irish diplomatic or consular representation in Antigua and Barbuda. For consular assistance, please contact the Irish Embassy in Washington DC, www.embassyofireland.org; +1 202 462 3939.
Safety and Security
The threat of terrorism is minimal. However, it is important not to rule out the risk of indiscriminate attacks, which could target areas frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Despite Antigua and Barbuda’s low crime rate it is important to take precautionary measures. These include avoiding dark isolated areas and locking doors and windows at night. In recent years there has been an increase in crime, this includes gun crime and murder. It is advised not to carry much cash on you at once and to leave valuables and travel documents locked away in a safe at your hotel.
Local Laws and Customs
If caught with drugs of any kind there are harsh penalties. Only carry your own items through customs. Pack your luggage yourself. It is illegal for anyone, even the elderly and children, to dress in camouflage clothing. In Antigua and Barbuda it is illegal to take part in certain homosexual acts.
Natural Disasters and Climate
Antigua and Barbuda have a tropical climate. It is important to be aware that the hurricane season runs from June through November in the Caribbean. You should check for updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and the World Meteorological Organisation.
Additional Country Info
An airport departure tax of EC$70 is payable per adult (over the age of 12 years) by visitors staying more than 24 hours.
You may wish to review the travel advice for this country as presented by other Anglophone Foreign Ministries. Suggested links are provided below. Please be aware that The Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland is not in any way responsible for the content contained therein and is not in a position to endorse or validate any of the information supplied by other Governments. These links are merely intended as helpful suggestions for further research in advance of your trip.
- UK: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (www.fco.gov.uk/travel)
- Canada: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (www.voyage.gc.ca)
- New Zealand: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (www.safetravel.govt.nz)
- Australia: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (www.smartraveller.gov.au)
- USA: Department of State (www.travel.state.gov)